The Mets hired manager Mickey Callaway in October 2017 in hopes that he would immediately help the franchise to rebound after a terrible final season under predecessor Terry Collins. Nearly a season and a half later, the Mets are still waiting for Callaway's mandate to show positive results, and they seem to be running out of patience with the former coach of the Indian pitchers. Callaway will handle the Mets on Sunday, but the ax could fall on the 44-year-old afterwards, according to reports by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Post Secretary Mike Puma, and Matt Ehalt from Yahoo Sports.
Callaway's headquarters looks particularly hot following a new apathetic performance by the Mets on Saturday, which only managed a blow in the 2-0 defeat of the modest Marlins. They are sure to lose their series in Miami after losing the opening match on Friday. They now have a 20-24 record for the season and a 97-109 mark since hiring Callaway. In addition, the Mets have lost four of their seven games against two troubled teams (the Nationals and Marlins) since COO Jeff Wilpon met Callaway and his general manager Brodie Van Wagenen on May 10. By that time, Wilpon would have let both of her know that Mets' performance was not acceptable.
If Wilpon was fed up eight days ago, he might be livid now, which could hasten a decision on Callaway. In case Callaway leaves, bench coach Jim Riggleman – an experienced coach who has been the Reds' interim skipper for 2018 – and quality control coach Luis Rojas could be names to watch for, Puma Relay . On the other hand, however, Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports Said (video link) the Mets could go outside for their next manager, naming Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker as unemployed coworkers with great resumes. Rosenthal notes that the Mets would be willing to pay for one of these types in addition to Callaway, although Puma specifies that they would lose a relatively modest amount by firing him. With an annual salary of $ 850,000, Callaway is among the lowest-paid majors.
So far, the beleaguered Wilpons have obtained the type of bottom-line results for Callaway's salary, although that does not suggest that he is solely responsible for this mess. Van Wagenen's aggressive maneuvers during the off-season did not really succeed, and the negligence of the depth of the shots helped defeat the club. Second baseman Robinson Cano, relieves Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilsonand receiver Wilson Ramos – all the expensive additions – each had a hard time. Meanwhile, signing $ 20 million in the field Jed Lowrie was not healthy enough to debut, and center defender Keon Broxton is now in DFA limbo after bombarding more than 53 plate appearances.
While other winter vans Edwin Diaz and J.D. Davis have done their part, neither their quality performance nor the presence of Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman – all inherited from Van Wagenen – were enough to get the Mets out of the doldrums. Now, while the team is in dire need of a quick turnaround, Van Wagenen's solution may be to throw Callaway overboard. Van Wagenen has not hired Callaway, which former General Manager Sandy Alderson has put in place, which could ease BVW's task in another direction.